Sebelius in Cincinnati to talk swine flu

By Meghan Mongillo - bio | email
Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati native and one of President Obama's top officials will be in town today to talk about the Swine Flu.

Health and human services director Kathleen Sebelius will be here at Rockdale Academy at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

"Our students are very excited about Kathleen Sebelius visiting today," said principal Cheron Reed.

Sebelius will be joined by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Rep. Steve Driehaus. The trio will speak directly to parents and students about the H1N1 virus.

They'll focus on the steps the federal government is taking to prepare and what schools and communities can do to combat this flu. Districts have already started planning for this. Leaders say they're using measures that have been in place for years during flu season.

The message is now louder and stronger that students and staff need to wash their hands properly, use hand sanitizer and adopt a proper cough etiquette.

Cincinnati Public Schools are sending notes home and updating their Web site, telling parents what to look for and monitor in the early stages, and to keep sick kids home for at least 24 hours after their fever has ended.

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